Morocco repatriates 8 alleged extremists from Syria
Morocco said Sunday (March 10th) it had repatriated eight of its nationals from Syria, who will be investigated for "suspected involvement in acts linked to terrorism", AFP reported.
"The competent Moroccan authorities proceeded on March 10th to repatriate a group of eight Moroccan citizens who were in conflict zones in Syria," the interior ministry said in a statement.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which is spearheading a final offensive against the last enclave of the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS), confirmed its involvement in the transfer.
The SDF "handed over some citizens from Morocco who used to stay in camps of north-east Syria to the Moroccan government", said spokesman Mustafa Bali.
Sunday's operation had a "humanitarian character", the ministry added.
Those who return are arrested and receive sentences of 10 to 15 years in prison.
The SDF wants foreign fighters and their families to be repatriated by their countries of origin.